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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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467 Ratings
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

Brewed with Michigan honey.
1062 OG; 17 IBU
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2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can into pint glass.
A: A very murky orange body in color, with a small white head, that sinks in a nice prolonged expanse of time. The carbonation is steady. Lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma is very low and hints of zested orange are present. A rather shoshockingly low level of aroma.

T: The body is crisp, but the low levels of carbonation make it more juicy. The orange is a nice character and is well balanced with the hops usage. Malt note is low and lingering taste is of nice oranges.

O: Overall a bit of a lack luster, no real stand out qualities, but still a decent brew. Refreshing out of the can (tasted good floating down the river in a kayak.) A bit higher ABV for style is a plus.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is yellow to golden and mildly cloudy with a small broken head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light, mildly bready and yeasty.

Beer is light in flavor and light in body, light in color and light in soul. THere is a mild doughiness to this beer but overall an unoffensive but boring beer.

Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into large tulip - thanks to lgandrew

Pours a completely clouded golden orange color with darker, murkier tones. Thinner white head fades into cloudy film and some spotty lacing.

Soft scents of citrus fruit with orange and peel. Some spicier notes, but somewhat muted. Hints of malty sweetness with caramel and honey.

Some floral and herbal hop notes up front. Orange and citrus juice with a bit of rind and pulp. Slight spice and corriander with the malted base. Sweetness towards the finish, which is dry and a touch fruity.

Medium bodied, pretty soft and smooth on the tongue. Pretty refreshing brew, although a little light on flavor.

Photo of Northsider
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haymarket Chicago.

I tried this one out of a 4 ounce taster. I had all the markings of a great beer! Great unfiltered body, white head. Smelled wheaty and fruity.

Tasted like...nothing really. Water. I'm not sure if it was the spicy pizza that destroyed my taste buds on this one (though apparently didn't affect the other brews I had) but I literally tasted nothing in this beer. I might as well have been drinking slightly flavored water. Shame.

Overall, skip this one.

Photo of output01x
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Bottled On 03/08/11) into a weizen glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin, even dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy golden orange with small floaties and some small, slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Minimal lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Wheat dominates the nose with some orange peel and spices in the background.

A light wheat flavor is punctuated with a citrus sweetness akin to mandarin oranges or tangerines. The flavors are rather mellow and not very pronounced. While this does make it very drinkable, it also make this beer rather watery.

Light bodied with little carbonation, this beer has an odd slick consistency. It is definitely very drinkable, but the lack of carbonation allows the flavors to persist on the back of the tongue for far too long.

Photo of Phinner
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This does not measure up to a wheat beer that is marketed for spring/summer consumption. The flavor is somewhat astringent, almost like an average quality homebrew. The label gives this beer too much hype - i.e. honey, corriander, orange peel. Didn't get any of these flavors coming through. I think it should be filtered to showcase the ingredient profile.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz.bottle into a standard pint glass. Hazy, copper/orange in color, with a moderate head of off-white goam.
Aroma-Orange fruit, spices
Taste-Orange,coriander, medium-bodied. Overall, nice flavor and character. Solid summertime brew.
Certainly worth a try.

Photo of BabySnakes
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper-orange hazy hue. poured a nice orange white head that dissipated quickly. Lacing Sticks around the entire consumption.

Lots and lots of coriander and fresh orange. Wheaty and sweet smelling. Faint clove note also.

Dominate wheat flavor, followed by orange intensity. Spicy coriander, sweet caramelized orange peel, bready clove very suttle in the finish.

Low-medium carbonation, Smooth wheat graininess goes down easy like a witbier should.

A very nice offering from Arcadia. I'm looking forward to drinking this constantly on blistering hot sunny days. Very refreshing. I'm ready for summer.

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a normal pint glass and looked at the color of it. It seems to be rather clear for a wheat ale. The head was pretty nice and fluffy. The smell was lacking some of the wheat ale elements like clove and soft fruits. I felt that the mouthfeel was about right but still nothing to rave about. The flavor was kind of on the weak side, I was surprised because it's a stronger abv for a beer of this style. Not sure why but I was struggling with this one.

Photo of beveritt
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: In honor of the temperature pushing 60 today, the sun shining and the birds chirping, I though I would sample a beer more suited for warmer weather. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small weizen glass. Label depict a minimalist picture of a sun rising over a field of wheat, its rays spreading out in all directions. The sun just happens to be an orange. Described as a wheat ale brewed with spices, coriander and orange peel. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to a half finger cap of foam. The beer itself is a perfectly clear medium orange. Significant sediment remains in the bottle and after some back and forth, i decide the swirl and pour like a true hefe. The beer then becomes hazy to the point of being opaque.

Smell: Tangy wheat aroma upfront with hints of citrus and an undertone of bubblegum phenols.

Taste: Crisp citrus and orange upfront layered against a backdrop of slightly sweet malt and a distinct wheat twang. Finishes with a slight astringency.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation. Body if good.

Drinkability: A crisp and refreshing wheat beer that can almost make me think the warm weather is here to stay. Not sure how available this is even though I am only one state away, but I wouldn't be against having it again.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear orange body with visible carbonation; head is fizzy, long lasting, off-white in color.

S: A very soft nose of wheat, coriander, sweet malts, citrus, & spices.

T: Upfront flavor is orange peel & wheat, followed by sweet & bready malts, and finishes a bit spicy, dry, malty, and a hint of citrus.

M: Light body, medium-light carbonation, crisp texture.

D: I always find this style very easy to drink. The flavor is good, light, and simple enough that before you know it you've have a 6 pack. Great for the summer.

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy. A medium amber in color with some slight rose tones. The head is off white, and dissipates to bubbles fairly quickly.

S: Almost a touch of sour in the smell. Some orange peel, and a bread smell.

T: The citrus comes right out. A bit of a sweet bread flavor as well. A touch of spice, perhaps from the coriander.

M: Medium in body with fairly high carbonation.

D: Good. Could be a great summer bbq beer. Not sure if I would buy a lot of it, but knocking a few back in an afternoon wouldn't be bad.

Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with no head. Aroma of lemon, bubblegum, and citrus. Flavors of coriander, lemon, spice, and spiced fruit. Light in body with high carbonation that zaps the palate. The spices reign dominant over the other flavors and can irritate after a while.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring this, and many other brews, during his recent travels.

A- Pours a hazy golden. 1+ finger of off-white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin cap. Some lacing noted.

S- Wheat/lemon/citrus mix, with hints of the coriander and spiciness emerging as the head dies.

T- Coriander and orange peel dominate the flavor. Moderate sweetness. Sturdy citrus peel-esque bitterness.

M- Moderate, to slightly high carbonation, fairly crisp. Body is a bit towards the lighter side.

D- Decent. Not a standout in any area, but moderately low ABV, refreshing, easy drinker where downing a few wouldn't be a chore.

Future outlook: Decent, interesting variation, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Looks a lot darker than I expected, almost an amber/honey color. About a finger of creamy, off-white head which dissipates smoothly leaving almost no lacing on the glass. Little to no carbonation. Perfectly average.

Smell: Ah, this is nice. Upon first scent there is this beautiful bittersweet aroma. Mellow malty nose with a lemony zest background. Not as "clove-y" as German Hefe Weizens (which inspired the APWAs) which is alright by me. Pleasant.

Taste: Just a touch of bite to lead off with (the citrus) followed quickly by gentle, malty character and rounded out with a banana-like flavor as the beer warms in the mouth. Aftertaste is just slightly bitter with hops and traces of the banana-like flavor. Very well done here.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation that didn't seem to be present in the appearance is making its debut here! Upon hitting the tongue, it foams into a million tiny bubbles which mellow down after a moment. The beer leaves a light coating in the mouth, which is good in this case since the taste is decent. Mouthfeel matches the taste well here.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I'm drinking the beer at about 50 degrees, and I'm sure if it were about 10 or 15 degrees cooler, I'd give it a 4.5 or a 5. As it stands, I could definitely drink the other two that came in the sampler pack.

This (as I seem to recall) is one of Arcadia's masterpieces, and it has stuck around for good reason. Definitely a good end-of-summer beer in my opinion, something that hearkens to fruit beer but dabbles in earthy tones as well. I like it.

Photo of alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery....

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. One finger white head that shows medium retention but settles on a cap. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it down.

S- A light bready malt with some caramel notes to it. Some fruits in the background. Orange and some lemon not much else though. The aroma
isn't lacking to say the least.

T- The malts were in the front of the taste. Some caramel bready malts mixed with some wheat notes. Light spicing and a slight citrus hop middle. Lemon and orange toward the back in hop notes.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Malts and some wheat flavor left on the palate with some nice citrus tones in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended very well. Palate wasn't dry at all after a sip.

D- This beer was a nice sipper during a warm summer day. I couldn't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this beer. Oh well...keep this one coming Arcadia!

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into weizen glass at 40 degrees.

An aggressive pour yields no head over a chill hazed orange body. What IS this thing? Scattered bubbles flowing up

Orange peel and coriander punch the nose hard, leaving an impression of high alcohol hop bomb. This one is not unlike some IPAs and even double IPAs I've had. Sweet citrus candy as it warmed.

Crosses the palate quite thinly, esp after those aromas. Definitely some tangerine peel in the flavor. Fairly juicy, with a decent bite on the palate. Finishes with a bit of film on the tongue.

Decent drinkability - not a chugger, not a sipper. Interesting beer overall - no off flavors, but the carpet doesn't seem to match the drapes.

Photo of HeightsEats
4.57/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smell is a pleasant bittersweet combination of orange and wheat. Pours a hazy golden with some fizz. The taste is very refreshing American wheat (which I don't usually like) with distinct orange elements and a refreshing hop / coriander aftertaste. Surprisingly full-bodied for a wheat beer (higher ABV than most) but not at all heavy. This is extremely drinkable on a hot summer's day, and, unlike most beers, I don't get tired of the flavors at all.

Photo of carlborch
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with slight haze. Rather small head forms, with creamy texture and large bubbles interspersed. The head dissipates quickly. Very appealing initial nose: Fresh and fruity with hints of citrus. Modest, rather spotty, lacing forms. Medium body and creamy texture. Hints of coriander and hops, and perhaps some honey and faints notes of bitter orange on the palate. The malt is light-medium-light. Carbonation is average. Thirst quenching. The alcohol is not evident. Somewhat sweet. Light, but persistent and pleasant lingering.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden orange. A tiny wisp of white head fades and leaves no lace.

The aroma is a nice mix of oranges and lemons with coriander and wheat crackers. Very light and refreshing.

The flavor is a touch weak. Mostly pale wheat with a coriander dusted orange finish. Nothing real pronounced.

Light creamy body with low carbonation.

Overall a light and refreshing beer for a hot day. It was nearing 90 when I consumed it so it fit the bill.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, light orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a touch of coriander, spice and wheat notes. In the taste, orange citrus, spicy, primarily cinnamon. A spicy bite and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry orange juice like aftertaste. Almost feels like OJ poured into a wheat ale, and decent spices that stand out.

Photo of GregoryVII
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is amber in the center, fading to a hazy orange like color towards the edges. The head was somewhat thin for a wheatbeer, though it lingered.

Aroma is very sweet, honey and fruit coming through prominently. The smell is really all sweet, not really a whiff of anything else. Maybe a little clove, but that is likely a mental association with the honey for me.

The flavor is sweet and fruity, packed with esters. There is also the sweet kick of honey marrying with caramel malts. Honey caramels should be a candy if it isn't all ready. The sweet stops short of being cloying. There are some hops working behind the scenes to provide a semblance of balance here, but they certainly aren't on overtime.

The body is medium light with decent carbonation. It's a little syrupy, but to be expected given the honey additions. I liked it more than I thought I might, but the sweetness is a touch excessive. It starts as exuberance and fades slowly into being overdone.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to imperial pint

A: Color is a honey-gold with an amber hue and clear, 1.5-finger ivory head. The head dissipated quickly leaving a bit of spot lace.

S: Vanilla and sweet fruit with some wheaty-love to back it up

T: Honey and orange notes dominate with a slight hop bite on the finish. Wheat is apparent in sweetness and on the slicker finish. Very smooth refreshing flavor.

M: Creamy and chewy with medium carbonation and a moderatly dry finish. Medium-low body.

D: A great summery brew, one that I will buy again.

Photo of EtOHMD
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying to taste as many MI beers while I am here. Poured from a 12oz into pint glass. Hazy orange copper color. No head or lacing. Not much aroma. Pretty much none. Mild caramel with slight spice. Bit creamy feel. Minimal aftertaste / feel. Not much going on with this beer. Decent but not memorable.

Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy, almost opaque orange liquid with a thin white head. Looks pretty meaty.

S- Oranges, coriander, and a touch of alcohol. The smell of orange meat is very enjoyable.

T- Orange meat and coriander. A good balance of sweet and bitter. A little on the yeasty side.

M- Creamy, thick, and smooth.

D- A bit on the heavy side for a good hot summer day beer, but it is a good alternative to the big daddy Oberon.

Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.